If you have symptoms of an underlying heart condition, you may need an electrocardiogram (EKG) to confirm your diagnosis. The experienced team at Capitol Cardiology Associates offers on-site EKG services to assess the electrical signals your heart produces. A noninvasive EKG can identify the cause of persistent dizziness, fatigue, and chest pain, so you can prevent more serious complications. Call the office in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Laurel, or Largo, Maryland, to schedule an EKG consultation or book an appointment online today.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a noninvasive diagnostic test that records the electrical signals in your heart. This type of cardiac test can provide important details about the various functions of your heart, including:
An EKG can also reveal information about structural changes in your heart, such as heart enlargement, which can interfere with your heart’s ability to pump blood to the rest of your body.
You might need an electrocardiogram if you have symptoms of an underlying heart condition such as arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) or coronary artery disease (CAD). Symptoms of these conditions can include:
Your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider can use an EKG and other cardiac tests to confirm the cause of your symptoms. They also use your test results to customize a treatment plan to meet your needs.
You may also need an EKG to monitor your heart’s function after surgery or if you’re using medications to manage an underlying heart issue.
An EKG is an in-office procedure that requires no special preparation. During your EKG, your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider attaches electrodes to the surface of your skin.
They typically place about 12 electrodes on your chest and limbs and connect the sensors to a device that monitors the electrical signals from your heart. The device records the signals with each heartbeat and displays them in graph form on a monitor.
While you need to lie still during the test, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort. After your EKG is over, your provider removes the electrodes and discusses your test results.
You may need additional testing to confirm your diagnosis, or your cardiologist can discuss a treatment plan if an EKG reveals existing heart issues.
After an EKG, you can return to your usual activities without limitations.
Call the Capitol Cardiology Associates office near you to learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an EKG or book a consultation online today.